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Detroit Pistons and Quicken Loans telethon to aid 400 families

Qucken Loans donates to the Detroit Pistons TelethonYesterday I reported on bad news regarding the economy in our (metro Detroit) area.  Today, I've got good news.

Quicken Loans/Rock Financial is joining with the Detroit Pistons to help 400 Detroit families with food and personal supplies to help deal with the upcoming winter (rumor is it's gonna be a cold one).

Here's the story from today's Detroit Free Press:

The Detroit Pistons organization, with help from Fathead and Rock Financial, is to distribute a truckload of supplies to 400 families in need from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Robbie Parker Elementary School.

The volunteers, including local youth groups, are to distribute 25-pound boxes of food and personal care items to families from Childhelp Michigan.

Funding for the food and supplies came from the Pistons Care Telethon, a 17-hour event held in March at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The event raised more than $450,000.

Quicken Loans/Rock Financial donated 400 backpacks for the children of the families selected to receive support. Fathead, headquartered in Livonia, makes life-size wall graphics.

With so much bad news lately, it's nice to be associated with something good.

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Chuck “Daddy Rich” Daly – the leader of the Detroit Bad Boys

Chuck Daddy Rich Daly will be missedChuck Daly, the greatest coach in Detroit Pistons' history, died over the weekend after a long battle short agressive battle with cancer. He created the infamous Detroit Bad Boys style of basketball – which to some extent still continues today, almost two decades after he ended a 7-year career as the Pistons' head coach.

What a career it was. He took his teams to the NBA finals three times and won them twice. The second time, they called it a "Daly Double." I liked that. The Daly Double.

Daly was the man, always dressed to impress. His expensive suits and sophisticated demeanor earned him the name Daddy Rich.

He once said one of the most memorable things I've ever head an NBA coach say – "coaching an NBA team is like dealing with 12 CEOs." He was a master of motivation and strategy. His were teams where there was no one superstar. It was common ind Daly's Pistons days for six guys to score 15 points each. 

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Congrats to Dave Bing – Detroit’s new Mayor

Quicken Loans Congratulates Detroit Mayor Dave BingJust a quick congratulations and "good luck" to new Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, who beat out interim Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel in a special election yesterday. It was the first time in Detroit's history that a special election was called to replace a mayor.

This officially (as far as I'm concerned) ends the Kilpatrick saga once and for all. No more being the butt of jokes from late night talk hosts. No more hip hop gangsta stuff in city hall. No more scandals and cover ups and then scandals from the cover ups and then more cover ups from the scandals. It's over.

Now, Mayor Dave Bing, a former NBA superstar with the Detroit Pistons and now a big time businessman in the area, has the reigns.

Congratulations and good luck Mayor Bing.

We're all hoping you can give us a winner.

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Spirit of Detroit turns 50

Quicken Loans wishes the Spirit of Detroit a happy 50th birthdayDetroit’s official symbol, the Spirit of Detroit statue (also know locally as the Green Giant), turns 50 today. And he’s been given a nice sprucing up just for the occasion.

The Spirit of Detroit sits outside the Coleman Young Municipal Center (where I valiantly and courageously served the citizens of Detroit for seven years, writing press releases and City Council Ceremonial Resolutions – I once wrote one for James Brown and another for the Emperor of Japan – I felt very important). Anyway, the statue is made of bronze and was completed by sculptor Marshall Fredricks in 1958. Its cost at the time – a mere $58,000. You couldn’t make it out of plastic for that today.

The Spirit of Detroit is often dressed in Detroit sports team uniforms – most often the Red Wings because the are most often in the playoffs and finals. Trust me, the statue has NEVER seen a Detroit Lions jersey. But it has seen a Pistons jersey several times, a Tigers jersey and even a tuxedo when the Three Tenors were in town.

Happy birthday, Spirit of Detroit. Let’s shoot for another 50!

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Culture still matters

Quicken Loans Guest Blogger Paul Pickett writes about the Detroit Pistons and Michael CurryBy Paul J. Pickett

Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons Team President, just hired a new coach. Michael Curry. Some basketball pundits say the move was unconventional. He only has one year of coaching experience, they say (last year as an assistant coach with the Pistons). Not just one year of experience coaching professionally, but one year of total coaching experience, at any level.

And I suppose if I stopped here, it would make sense to call this an unconventional hire. But there’s a lot more to Curry than that. For those of you that don’t know much about him, here’s a few bullet points from his resume:

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Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics – Dynasty Reborn and Rivalry Renewed?

Detroit Pistons on the DIFFBy Paul J. Pickett

As a fan of the Detroit Pistons, I hate the Boston Celtics.

But as a fan of the NBA, I love the team in green and white. They’ve won more world championships than any other team in NBA history (16)…including three during the era I became a fan of the game of basketball and the Pistons/Celtics formed a bitter rivalry– the 1980s.

But that’s the thing – the Celtics haven’t won a title (or even been competitive for one) since the 80s. But this year they’re back and their rivalry with the Pistons may just be renewed.

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The Quicken Loans Difference – Tours, Diversity and Blogs

The DIFF has a new partner blog - The Community DIFF from Quicken Loans! by whatsthediffblog, on Flickr

I moved from Michigan to South Carolina last year. While my family is dealing with the usual adjustment issues, I’m also confronted with lots of stereotypes – Yankees, Southerners, dialects, and who eats what. It’s been an experience with a lot of surprises. I’m really enjoying watching all these nasty assumptions fall apart. Really, it’s for the best that they do.

According to Infoplease.com:

It took 15 years to create the federal Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Congressman John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, first introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968.

Michigan. Yeah. That makes me proud.

What makes me not-so-proud:

2005: South Carolina becomes the last state to make MLK Day a paid holiday for all state employees. Until now, employees could choose between celebrating it or one of three Confederate-related holidays.

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We agree with Detroit Pistons’ Joe Dumars – Culture Matters

By Paul J. Pickett

I was reminded of why culture matters the other night as I watched a very brief interview with Hall of Fame Detroit Pistons player-turned-President of Basketball Operations, Joe Dumars. He said

“You have to fight complacency anywhere you see it within your organization. You have to fight it anywhere you see it. So everyday I come in here, it’s about maintaining success and keeping your foot on the gas. And….we have to make sure we maintain our culture.”

I really like this quote, but I gotta tell you, being a Pistons fan has been strangely frustrating for the last five years. I say strangely frustrating because despite making it to the NBA’s version of the Final Four for the last five seasons in a row, they’ve only won the NBA championship once, back in 2004. And it’s not just that they only won the championship once, it’s that they were so close to getting back to that point time-and-time again.

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Friday, August 18, 2017